shar: a blast from the pastJohn Gilmore was going through some old backup cartridge tapes. He stumbled on the following email. "shar" was old in 82... I think I actually wrote the script in the email in 78 or 79.
Bits and memes never die.
From decwrl!decvax!microsof!uw-beave!jim Mon Oct 18 11:08:34 1982 Subject: Shell archiver Newsgroups: net.sources I see a lot of sources posted here which consist of several files, all catted together, and then I have to edit the source to extract all the files. Here is a simple shell script which will package up a bunch of files into a "shell archive", which when used as input to a shell, will extract the constituent files (is that perfectly clear?). For example, if I want to distribute a program consisting of files foo1.c, foo2.c, and makefile, I would type "shar archive foo1.c foo2.c makefile" and I would then post "archive" to the net. Recipients would then run the archive into their shell and would get back the original files. Here it is: # shar -- Shell archiver AR=$1 shift for i do echo a - $i echo "echo x - $i" >>$AR echo "cat >$i <<'!Funky!Stuff!'" >>$AR cat $i >>$AR echo "!Funky!Stuff!" >>$AR done Thanks to James Gosling at CMU for this idea.
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